Federal Grants: How to Calculate Local Match

Some federal grants provide a portion of the total funds necessary to operate a project and require recipients to match the federal share of funding with local support (matching funds). The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provided instructions and examples to applicants in a recent competition on how to calculate the amount of match […]

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Ring in the New Year with a Grants Calendar

With the beginning of a new year comes the task of planning and scheduling new grant submissions on the calendar. A grants calendar can serve two valuable functions: (1) It is a fund raising tool to record grant submission deadlines, and (2) It is management tool to assist the organization and grant writer(s) to allocate […]

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Tis the Season for Year-End Grant Requests

As the end of the calendar year approaches, it is time for fundraisers to implement annual appeal campaigns to solicit year-end contributions. “Tis the season” also for grant writers to revisit prospect lists to identify grant makers, especially foundations and corporations, open to making year-end grants. Procedurally, the business of grant making slows during the […]

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Grant Predictions for FY 2012

The new federal fiscal year begins October 1, 2011 amid an atmosphere of uncertainties. With so many budget questions remaining, no one is certain is how much money will be available for federal grant programs. Much rides on the outcomes of the “Super Committee,” a bipartisan Congressional committee assigned the responsibility of identifying budget cuts. […]

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Can a Federal Agency Cancel a Grant Program?

The Department of Education has canceled 19 previously scheduled discretionary grant programs for the current fiscal year, FY 2011 — programs totaling $124.69 million. This is sad news for the organizations and grant writers who have invested time preparing applications for the programs. Can federal agencies do this—cancel a program after it has been officially […]

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Foundation 990 Reports

Foundation 990 Reports Assist Grant Writers Grant writers often state that one of the most difficult decisions they have to make when preparing a grant application is determining how much to request from the foundation for their project. The foundation’s Form 990, filed annually with the IRS, can guide organizations in making their requests as […]

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